NEED FOR THIS DEVELOPMENT?
If the Proposed Shute Harbour high density resort, residential and marina development is to go ahead the developer must first prove NEED–
MARINA BERTHS -NO NEED
The argument that this development is needed is based on increasing Boat Registrations in this region. Some Government Agencies say it, the Developers have said it many times - it was stated as the main reason in the last EIS for the proposed development and the outcome of the Shute Harbour Study refers to it. But just what are the facts:-
The following is a chart taken from the figures supplied by the Department of Transport Statistics area. It demonstrates the makeup and growth in Vessel Registrations for the Whitsundays.
Recreational Vessel Growth & Size Comparison 2003-2007
Commercial Vessel growth and numbers 2003- 2004
Num ber of Vessels
3000 2500 2000 1500 1000 500
Ves <10M Ves 10-12m 12 - 15.0m 15 - 18.0m 18 - 20.0m 20 - 25.0m Over 25.0m
Number of Vessels
300 250 200 150 100 50 0
Under 10m 10-12m 12-15m 15-18m 18-25m 25-35m Over 35M
It is clear the dominant numbers and growth are in the under 10metre recreational range. The facts – 90% of vessels registered are under 10 metres (i.e. they’re not marina boats) 89% of vessels are trailerable The proposed marina predominantly targeting only 8.5% of vessels registered And they are already catered for in existing infrastructure
An excerpt from a presentation prepared and delivered by Shutehaven Residents Assn September 2007